Following the successful first Save Food Meeting at Nestlé in Vevey, Switzerland last year, the second edition will be held on 26 September in Spain, at the Ateneo de Madrid. The co-organizers are the Spanish Exporters and Investors Club along with the business association AECOC (GS1 Spain). Once again, even in the interpack-free year of 2016, the meeting serves as a gathering point for what are now more than 140 partners from industry and several hundred NGOs and research institutes, which are registered at the FAO (UN Food and Agricultural Organization) in the Save Food Network.
The event is devoted to the issues of food waste and loss in relation to the various stages of the food value-added chain. In addition, the corresponding political parameters will also be examined. The speakers enlisted for the event include the representatives of renowned companies from industry and retail, among others PepsiCo and the Spanish supermarket chain Eroski. Apart from them, high ranking policy-makers from the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Food and the Environment as well as the French government are also participating. The programme will be rounded off by presentations from he FAO, companies from the primary sector as well as the packaging industry.
The individual lectures will be followed by a round-table discussion, which is dedicated to the issue of whether consumers are sufficiently informed about dealing with food. In this connection, the participants from food producers, the retail sector, policy makers along with (state) consumer protection organizations will be touching on such issues as the best-before date, methods of food preservation and responsible consumption.
Bringing the meeting to a close, the participants will be given the opportunity to exchange ideas over the ‘Leftover Cuisine Cocktail Lunch,’ which is being staged by the retail trade association Grupo IFA. The interactive Save Food exhibition is also being held within the framework of the Save Food Meeting 2016. In addition to the detailed visualization of the scale of international food loss and waste, it will provide an overview of the various projects staged by the Save Food Initiative along with information on the involvement of individual member companies or associations.